Walk The Line: Tjibbe Hooghiemstra, John Brown and Arno Kramer 9 Dec 2011 – 28 Jan 2012
Walk the Line is about the transforming mystery of good drawing – its ability to freeze and flow like water. This dynamic exhibition aims to investigate the relationship and connections between two “shapeshifters”; drawing and poetry, between the sequential evocations of writing and the continuous, immediately present drawn image. Artists Hooghiemstra and Kramer often incorporate text into their work whether through title and accompanying poetry, by creating neologisms or in palimpsest, on the very paper supporting the image – Walk the Line is partly a development of this work. In Brown’s view there are less “cover-ups” in drawing than writing or talk. Instead good drawing exceeds and confuses truth by mixing up the real and imagined, or walking the line between. The title references both Johnny Cash and Paul Klee’s idea of imaginatively “taking a line for a walk”.
This exhibition also responds to the continuing enthusiasm for drawing, popular with the public for its directness and immediacy. It aims to develop this further through the methods in which the works are presented, having been drawn and scribed straight onto the walls. This visceral process creates an experience for the viewer, bringing them directly into what is usually a private activity, which can very often betray a conscious or subconscious thought process.
The viewer is invited to participate directly in the development of the exhibition by taking the line for a walk over the walls of Gallery 2.
This exhibition toured to Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady and Ormston House, Limerick in 2012.
An exhibition catalogue accompanies the work. Walk The Line is a 40 page, full colour, soft back catalogue, published 2011 with introduction, by Jackie Barker, an essay 'Walk The Line' by John Brown and joint statement by the three artists.